Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse: When Science Becomes Superstition

  Murder mystery novels like The Moonstone and The Woman in White established a template for the genre whereby reasoned and scientific minds take on mysteries that are seemingly supernatural, ultimately revealing their conventional and rational nature.  In keeping with the tradition set before her, the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie, composed The Pale Horse, which demonstrates […]

A Halloween Homicide: How Agatha Christie Challenges Psychophobia

As far as mystery novels go, Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party is among her more forgettable, not only because it utterly fails to capitalize on the suspenseful and macabre associations with Halloween promised in the title, but also because the mystery is relatively easy to solve.  Once one asks who had the most to gain, who […]

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None: The Existentialist Murder Mystery

  If anybody ever wondered how Jean-Paul Sartre’s Huis Clos—or as it is more famously known in English, No Exit—would play out as a murder mystery, then one need look no further than Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which actually predates Huis Clos by four years.  Rather than three unacquainted individuals meeting up […]

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Detective Novel’s Exploration of Class, Gender, and Metafiction

  Though Agatha Christie’s mystery novels were not as action-packed or hyper-sexualized as the popular novels published by her male contemporaries, the mystery element of her work is often more compelling, and whilst Murder On the Orient Express may be her most famous work, and with good cause, it is The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd that […]

Agatha Christie’s A Holiday For Murder: My Favorite Holiday Homicide

  Given that it is the Christmas season, I though it fitting to try an pick some ‘Christmas’ narratives, and when I recently came across a copy of Agatha Christie’s A Holiday For Murder whilst at Juniper Books, I figured there was no reason I couldn’t marry my love if murder mysteries with the merriment […]

The Moving Finger: A Feminist Detective Novel

  Agatha Christie is not only the most famous detective novelist of all time, she is arguably the most famous novelist of all time, having sold more novels, according to The Guinness Book of World Records, than any other writer (over 2 billion according to her estate).  Though her celebrity has waned in the decades following […]